Clarksburg Fire Department has been awarded life-saving grain rescue tube and training

Rural communities continue to face hazards associated with working in and around grain structures. In 2022 alone, there were at least 42 grain entrapments – the highest number in over a decade – resulting in 15 fatalities1. To help prevent tragic accidents and deaths, Nationwide and its partners are providing life-saving grain rescue tubes and training to 60 fire departments across rural America through its 2023 Grain Bin Safety campaign.

In partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), Nationwide and its partners have now supplied grain rescue equipment and training to 332 first responders across 32 states to help prepare them when local grain entrapments occur.

After receiving thousands of nominations in the 2023 Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, an annual component of Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety advocacy campaign, the insurer and its partners are proud to have awarded grain rescue tubes and training to the following 60 fire departments this year:

  1. A.B Shaw Fire Company, Claverack, NY 
  2. Altamont Fire Protection District, Altamont, IL 
  3. Ann Arundel County Fire & EMS Department, Millersville, MD 
  4. Asbury Fire Protection District, Asbury, MO 
  5. Bowman Rural Fire Department, Bowman, ND 
  6. Burnett Fire Department, Burnett, WI 
  7. Center Point Fire Department, Center Point, IA 
  8. Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Department, Smiths Grove, KY 
  9. Chase City Volunteer Fire Department, Chase City, VA 
  10. Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Clarksburg, IN 
  11. Cobb Island Volunteer Fire & EMS Department, Cobb Island, MD 
  12. Columbia/Adair County Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia, KY 
  13. Conover Fire Department, Conover, NC 
  14. Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, Delmar, DE 
  15. District 2 Joint Volunteer Department, Crown City, OH 
  16. Dunreith Volunteer Fire Department, Dunreith, IN 
  17. Easton Volunteer Fire Department, Easton, MD 
  18. Easton Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Easton, NY 
  19. Fayette Fire Department, Seneca Falls, NY 
  20. Fellows Club Volunteer Fire Department, Conneautville, PA 
  21. Guntersville Volunteer Fire, Guntersville, AL 
  22. Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, Monroe City, IN 
  23. Hereford Volunteer Fire Company, Monkton, MD 
  24. Hudson Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Hudson, IA 
  25. Juniata Rural Fire, Juniata, NE 
  26. Labette County Fire District #9, Parsons, KS 
  27. Lakeville Fire Department, La Paz, IN 
  28. LaPaz North Volunteer Fire Department, La Paz, IN 
  29. Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department, Laytonsville, MD 
  30. Lepanto Fire & Rescue, Lepanto, AR 
  31. Linkwood-Salem Volunteer Fire Company, Linkwood, MD 
  32. Longford Rural Fire District, Longford, KS 
  33. Macomb Fire Department, Macomb, IL 
  34. Mahantango Fire Department, Pitman, PA 
  35. Marion Fire Department, Marion, MD 
  36. Milton Fire Company, Milton, DE 
  37. Minatare/Melbeta Fire Department, Minitare, NE 
  38. Minden Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Minden, IA 
  39. New Washington Volunteer Fire Department, New Washington, IN 
  40. North Liberty Fire Department, North Liberty, IA 
  41. Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, Oakland, MD 
  42. Overisel Township Fire Department, Holland, MI 
  43. Oxford Fire Department, Oxford, NC 
  44. Perry County EMA Fire & Rescue – North Station, Leopold, IN 
  45. Perry County EMA Fire & Rescue – South Station, Tell City, IN 
  46. Poland Volunteer Fire Department, Poland, IN 
  47. Pukwana Fire Department, Pukwana, SD 
  48. Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department, Seymore, IN 
  49. Reisterstown Fire Department, Reisterstown, MD 
  50. Renville Fire Department, Renville, MN 
  51. Ridgebury Fire Department, Gillett, PA 
  52. Rutland Fire Department, Rutland, ND 
  53. Singerly Fire Company, Elkton, MD 
  54. Southern Area Fire & Emergency Rescue, Dallastown, PA 
  55. Sugarcreek Township Fire Department, Dayton, OH 
  56. Townsend Fire Company, Townsend, DE 
  57. Valley Springs Fire, Valley Springs, SD 
  58. Waterloo Fire Department, Waterloo, IL 
  59. Wilson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Winona, MN 
  60. Wyalusing Fire Department, Wyalusing, PA 
  61. Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company, Bridgeville, DE – re-training 
  62. Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company, Funkstown, MD – re-training 
  63. Guthrie Center Fire Department, Guthrie Center, IA – re-training 
  64. Huntington County Fire Department, Huntington, IN – re-training 
  65. Muncie Convention Center, Muncie, IN – re-training 
  66. NY Corn & Soybean Expo, Seneca Falls, NY – re-training 

“Grain bin accidents continue to be a critical issue facing the agriculture industry,” said Brad Liggett, president of Agribusiness at Nationwide. “We are proud to have supplied these important resources to 60 more rural fire departments in partnership with the many sponsors involved in our grain bin safety efforts. However, the work will not be complete until we can put a stop to these needless accidents altogether. Thank you to the first responders who play such an important role in supporting the agriculture community.”

NECAS, based out of Peosta, IA, delivered the rescue tubes and training to 60 fire departments and conducted re-training for six additional fire departments throughout 2023, traveling to each location with state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulators. The comprehensive training sessions included classroom education and rescue simulations using the entrapment tools, which are loaded onto 20-foot trailers and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain each. 

Since beginning the Grain Bin Safety campaign in 2014, at least seven fire departments have utilized their rescue tubes and training to successfully rescue entrapped individuals, including a recent Ohio rescue of a worker trapped up to his armpits in March 2023.

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